Judy Day Riley’s heart of gold unexpectedly took its final beat on the evening of Nov. 16, 2020.

Born on March 20, 1952, she was a daughter of Jim and Joyce Day. She was a resident of Raphine.

Judy was a loving wife and soulmate for 46 years to her husband John Edward “Eddie” Riley Jr., who preceded her in death.

She was also a loving mother to Lisa (and Robert) Fravel of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Tonya Riley of Gloucester; grandmother to Matthew, Tyler, Kita and Rebel; sister to Barbara Thomas, Debbie Butcher, Kay Day and Gary Day; aunt to at least 20 known nieces and nephews (and numerous fur babies); and friend to two very special people in her life, Jerry Smedley and Carol Fitzgerald.

She loved babies; she’d even offer to raise yours! At least until they become talking toddlers.

Judy was a lifelong lover of animals, especially of the canine and feline lineage. Although, she did share one particular characteristic of another species – the stubbornness of a mule.

She was a collector of Elvis memorabilia which extended to her daughters’ names (Lisa and Marie). She also was an avid collector of STUFF - to include all of both kids’ schoolwork – preschool to graduation; cookbooks – though she mastered in Baked Mac-n-Cheese and Deviled Eggs; receipts neatly folded and tucked inside an over-stuffed wallet – which was crammed into a bulging handbag, which most likely was the cause of the knee replacement; and plants – although a green thumb was not her strongest talent.

Judy was generous to a fault; she would literally give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. She lived in a perpetual state of optimism, steadfastly believing that any relationship could be healed by a long hand-written letter from her.

There was never an occasion that arose where each individual family member did not receive at least one greeting card – be it birthday, anniversary, holiday or “just because”. The U.S. Postal Service will greatly miss her too!

Judy was interred at Timber Ridge A.R. Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Nov. 20. A graveside memorial celebrating her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in her name to Rockbridge SPCA, http:// rockbridgespca.net; or to the Lymphoma Society, https://www.lls.org.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” N-G

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